Aaron Hernandez, the former National Football League star who was serving life in prison for a 2013 murder, was found dead in his jail cell early Wednesday morning in what officals are calling suicide.
In May, 2015, Hernandez agreed to be the lookout for another inmate who went into another prisoner's cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. His death comes just a few days after he was acquitted of double murder. He was subsequently transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. ET by a physician at the hospital. He also tried to block his cell door from the inside by jamming items in the door.
Hernandez was emotional Friday as the jury read a not guilty verdict acquitting Hernandez of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston.
"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible", Baez said in a written statement.
According to CNN, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said officers found, the 27-year-old former National Football League star, suspended from a bed sheet attached to a window.
Hernandez was given a life sentence without parole. Massachusetts State Police officers have launched an investigation into his death.
Hernandez, 27, was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in June 2013 and accused of murdering an acquaintance near his MA home. He signed a five-year contract worth $40 million with the team in August of 2012.
Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note and officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal. Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fianc￩e Shayanna Jenkins.
On June 17th, 2013, a jogger found a body riddled with gunshot wounds at an industrial park in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Claude Pleon, a player for the New York Jets tweeted, "R.I.P Aaron Hernandez". Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell on April 19, 2017.
"I knew we had raised doubt throughout that case". "Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined".